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Google Launches Gmail As A Standalone App

Search engine giant Google has dished out the stand-alone version of its popular Gmail email client for the Android mobile phone OS, already available for download from the Android Market.

Initially, Gmail came integrated with the Android OS and used to get updates every time Google released a new Android version.

However, as a stand-alone app, Gmail on Android will be able to get key functionality updates more frequently than before. With the release of the new Gmail app, Google has also added Priority Inbox.

In a blog post (opens in new tab) made on the official Google Mobile blog, the company informed that the new Gmail for Android application will be able to run only on Android 2.2 Froyo or better.

Simon Arscott, a member of the Gmail for Android team, explained in the blog post that “As you scroll through a conversation, your most important message actions will now stick to the top of the screen, one click away, no matter how long the email is.”

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.